Fitness blogger uses Photoshop to show the ridiculousness of our idea of the 'perfect body'

Publish Date
Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 3:31PM
Photos / Instagram blogilates

Photos / Instagram blogilates

Unfortunately, when it comes to the "ideal" female body, beauty standards change as frequently as the seasons.

And while curvy figures like the Kardashian's are currently in vogue, they haven't always been.

Which is why fitness blogger, Cassey Ho, wanted to show the truth and remind us just how ridiculous the concept of chasing these changing beauty standards is.

Taking to Instagram, Cassey shared eye-opening pictures of her photoshopped body morphing to meet the standards of what the "perfect" woman has looked at various times throughout history.

And the results are pretty shocking.

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If I had the “perfect” body throughout history, this is what I’d look like. . Mid 2010s-2018 - Big butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in! There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting “belfies”. 🍑 Even cosmetic surgery doctors have become IG-famous for reshaping women. Between 2012-2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58%. . Mid 90s-2000s - Big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps are in. In 2010, breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. 👙 It’s the age of the Victoria’s Secret Angel. She’s tall, thin, and she’s always got long legs and a full chest. . Early 90s - THIN IS IN. Having angular bone structure, looking emaciated, and super skinny is what’s dominating the runways and the magazine covers. There’s even a name for it: “heroin chic”. . 1950s - The hourglass shape is in. ⏳ Elizabeth Taylor‘s 36-21-36 measurements are the ideal. Marilyn Monroe’s soft voluptuousness is lusted after. Women are advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out. Playboy magazine and Barbie are created in this decade. . 1920s - Appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure is in! Unlike the “Gibson Girl” of the Victorian Era, women are choosing to hide their curves, and are doing so by binding their chests with strips of cloth to create that straight figure suitable for flapper dresses. . 1400-1700 The Italian Renaissance - Looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom is in. Being well fed is a sign of wealth and status. Only the poor are thin. . Why do we treat our bodies like we treat fashion? “Boobs are out! Butts are in!” Well, the reality is, manufacturing our bodies is a lot more dangerous than manufacturing clothes. Stop throwing your body out like it’s fast fashion. . Please treat your body with love & respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it is YOUR own perfect body. ♥️ #blogilates #theperfectbody

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Alongside the photos, Cassey - who launched the fitness brand Blogilates - wrote: "If I had the 'perfect' body throughout history, this is what I'd look like."

Before starting with the big butt, tiny waist look of the 2010s she added: "Big butts, wide hips, tiny waists, and full lips are in. There is a huge surge in plastic surgery for butt implants thanks to Instagram models posting 'belfies.' Even cosmetic surgery doctors have become Instagram-famous for reshaping women. Between 2012–2014, butt implants and injections rise by 58 per cent."

She then took it back a decade, to the 90s-2000s, when "big boobs, flat stomachs, and thighs gaps" were in and "breast augmentation is the highest performed cosmetic surgery in the United States."

The early 1990s? "THIN IS IN," Cassey wrote. She also added: "Looking emaciated and super skinny is what's dominating the runways and the magazine covers. There's even a name for it: 'heroin chic'."

Next was the 1950s - AKA the age of the hourglass shape.

"Elizabeth Taylor's 36-21-36 measurements were the ideal. Women were advertised weight gaining pills to fill themselves out."

Rewind to the 1920s, when "appearing boyish, androgynous and youthful, with minimal breasts, and a straight figure" was the trend.

During this time, women chose to hide their curves by "binding their chests with strips of cloth to create that straight figure suitable for flapper dresses."

And lastly, Cassey takes us as far back as the Italian Renaissance from 1500-1700, when "looking full with a rounded stomach, large hips, and an ample bosom" was the status quo.

"Being well fed was a sign of wealth and status. Only the poor were thin," she wrote. 

Cassey then questioned: "Why do we treat our bodies like we treat fashion?"

"Well, the reality is, manufacturing our bodies is a lot more dangerous than manufacturing clothes. Stop throwing your body out like it's fast fashion.

"Please treat your body with love and respect and do not succumb to the beauty standard. Embrace your body because it's YOUR own perfect body."

The post, which has since received over 167,000 likes, has been praised for its powerful message.

Cassey, you are truly an inspiration!